Brexit LIVE: Arch-Remainer FINALLY accepts EU exit – SNP descends into bitter civil war

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Ms Cherry hit back on social media after Angus Robertson, a fellow member and former deputy leader of the party, took a thinly veiled dig at her. He issued a sharp dig as he confirmed, like Ms Cherry, he would be seeking the nomination for the Edinburgh Central constituency – currently held by former Scots Tory leader Ruth Davidson – in the Holyrood election next year.

In doing so, Mr Robertson said: “At present Ruth Davidson holds this seat for the Tories with a tiny 610-vote majority and I believe that I can win here with the support of SNP members and voters of all parties who don’t want to see the area represented by a pro-Brexit MSP.

“If you want to elect a hard-working, local MSP, with high-profile national experience who will support First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and deliver independence, please support my campaign.”

His remarks about support for the First Minister were interpreted as a swipe as Ms Cherry, who is seen as closer to Ms Sturgeon’s predecessor as SNP leader Alex Salmond.

Ms Cherry, who represents Edinburgh South West at Westminster, was herself the leading litigant in the successful Scottish court case challenge to the five-week prorogation of Parliament by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, tweeted: “The trouble with pitching for @theSNP Holyrood #2021 as the anti #Brexit candidate is that #Brexit has happened.

“Despite the best efforts of those of us who fought it tooth & nail.

“The issue now is how we secure #independence & #Scotland’s Future in Europe.”


7.45am update: Macron sends signal with appointment of anglophile Beaune as junior European affairs minister

French President Emmanuel Macron has named Clement Beaune as his government’s new junior minister for European affairs, replacing Amelie de Montchalin, the Elysée Palace said on Sunday, in an apparent bid to court favour with London.

As Macron’s Europe advisor, Beaune, 37, a self-confessed anglophile, has been an influential voice in shaping the president’s European policy, from Brexit negotiations to euro zone reform.

A graduate of France’s elite ENA school of administration, he has never held public office but knows the inner workings of government well after a stint as budget advisor to former Socialist prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, before joining Macron’s staff at the economy ministry.

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